DATE: April 21, 2005

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Radio Frequency Identification

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 21, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 76, page 20726

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: This proposed rule would amend DFARS Subpart 211.2, Using and Maintaining Requirements Contracts, to require contractors to affix passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags at the case and palletized unit load levels when shipping packaged operational rations, clothing, individual equipment, tools, personal demand items, or weapon system repair parts, to the Defense Distribution Depot in Susquehanna, PA, or the Defense Distribution Depot in San Joaquin, CA.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be submitted on or before June 20, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; on the web site at http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm; by e-mail to: dfars@acq.osd.mil; by fax to 703-602-0350; by mail to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Michele Peterson, OUSD(AT&L)DP(DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; or by courier/hand to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Crystal Square 4, Suite 200A, 241 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-3402. Cite "DFARS Case 2004-D011" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Peterson, 703-602-0311.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The proposed rule add DFARS 211.275, Radio Frequency Identification, which would consist of the following subsections:

DFARS 252.211-7XXX would provide the pertinent definitions, restate the policy in 211.275-2, require that the RFID tags employ data encoding schemes located at http://www.dodrfid.org/tagdata.htm, and that the contractor electronically submit an advance shipment notice with the RFID tag identification in advance of the shipment in accordance with the procedures at http://www.dodrfid.org/asn.htm.

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the introduction to the proposed rule, DOD states that it is particularly interested in receiving comments on the following aspects of the proposed rule:

  1. The definitions of the terms “case” and “palletized unit load” and their use throughout the rule.

  2. The impact of providing electronic advance shipment notice information.

  3. Whether small business considerations have been fully addressed.

  4. Scientific, industry, or manufacturing-based evidence from changes or additions to packaging or package systems in order to assess the possible impact, if any, on the environment and materials recycling, including corrugated, metal, and plastic shipping containers and pallets.

  5. What are the options for minimizing and mitigating the effects on the materials recycling process from the use of RFID tags on shipping containers and pallets?

ADDITIONAL EDITOR’S NOTE: DOD’s RFID implementation plan, which is located at http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/rfid/implementation_plan.htm, lists the following future actions:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.

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